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Spring Retreat

  • Big Sur Big Sur, CA, 93920 United States (map)

Spring Retreat in Big Sur, California! 

April 12-15, 2019

This weekend retreat hosted at a private property in the serene yet rugged landscape of BIG SUR will be an escape into sisterhood, nature time, self-exploration and celebration. The accommodations are rustic. Think vision quest in nature—you have your essentials... healing land, water (there is a river that runs throughout the property), fire, sun, fresh air, ocean (10 min walk), forest, sisters and compostable toilets! There is one shower and one hot outdoor tub for use too! 3 Dinners are included as is morning coffee + tea, all other food is to be brought with you. Daily morning movement classes will be offered by a variety of teachers using healing modalities such as yoga, dance, mindfulness, meditation, archetypal and breathing. Evening rituals by the fire, or in the sweat-lodge will be offered. 

Join in this unique setting to gather, unwind and reconnect with self and nature. Invest in yourself, in plenty of relaxation, self-exploration, adventure and transformation! Embrace the change in seasons by slowing down enough to feel them. Spring is a wonderful time to explore that which wants to be "birthed" from inside you. 

Tawny and other sister leaders will be guiding you and supporting you through an incredible journey of deep connection, play and empowerment. There will be a fun mix of daily led group movement, group singing + sounding, guided meditation + breathing, group sharing, downtime, nature appreciation and community support. Optional hikes,  beach outings + massages will be available.

Yoga | Spring Ceremonies | Meditation | Singing | Sweat Lodge | Nature | Sisterhood
Space limited to 18. Grab your spot early as we have sold out the last 4 gatherings.

Investment: $350

There are 2 Tipi’s on site:

∆ Moon Tipi: 8 sisters
∆ Water Tipi: 4 sisters
∆ Tent/Car Camping: 6 sisters

Please let us know your sleeping preference when you register and we will do our best to accommodate.

What to bring: 

  • Sleeping bag, sleeping pad & pillow

  • Food for breakfasts + Lunch

  • Comfortable clothes + bathing suit + towel, warm + cool clothes!

  • Sunblock, oils, lotions, face masks

  • Journal & pen, book to read

  • Headlamp or flashlight

  • Wood for the fire if it's easy for you to bring

  • Openess to what unfolds

Your Circle + Ceremony Guide

Tawny Sterios
Organizer and hostess for this weekend, I will be facilitating circles, teaching some of the yoga classes, hosting sweat lodges and helping the weekend flow with fun and ease for all. This is my 5th time hosting these gatherings on this property, Big Sur has been a coastline I go often to for renewal and connection. I have now lead and created 7 unique all women retreats in various locations, it’s been a joy and an honnor to be creating healing and also playful opportunities for women to get their cups filled. I’ve taught yoga for 15 years, hosted new moon circles monthly for 8 years, and for the past 3 years started offering doula services to support women in their transition into motherhood. I love the body, the power and wisdom that's inside us all, nature is my muse, my guide, a church, teacher and sanctuary for me.  I'm forever in love with nature and in awe. I am most excited to explore together the rich energies of nature within us and surrounding us. Looking forward to welcoming you fine ladies to this precious piece of nature in Big Sur. On retreat I offer customizable private herbal YONI STEAMS in the forest to remind you of the fertile ground of wisdom in your wombs. Organic herbal face steams for your pretty faces will also be offered. I trust in the power that’s created when we come together as women in nature, it's nothing less then magic and pure joy. 

Your Guest Guides:


Your Self Love Guide

Patty Hlava
Patty Hlava, Ph.D., is a director of identity evolution and highest capacity intuitive specializing in Ayurveda, yoga, and psychology. With over 15 years of clinical experience in the health and wellness field as a licensed psychotherapist, certified coach, meditation instructor, and registered yoga teacher, Patty is an expert in guiding others toward sustainable habit changes for mind, body, and spirit. As co-founder of AwakenPeace, she  thrives on the opportunity to create and participate in nurturing community and heartfelt connections. She has found the core practices of gratitude, yoga, and Ayurveda to be central in her own life and healing. She is so looking forward to heading back out to California this Spring to share some of her tools for healing.

Your Meditation Goddess


Dawn Feuerberg is a meditation guide, a Spanish professor, a mother,  a nature enthusiast, a surfer, a yoga practitioner of 28 years and the owner of Aurora Adventures LLC, an authentic travel company. She offers guided meditations in a relaxed and open atmosphere for all levels so that it can be used as a framework for practical life change. She has studied mindfulness meditation, goddess energy meditation, non-dual tantra meditation & Siberian shamanic rituals for the past decade. She has completed several teacher trainings & silent mediation retreats with mindfulness meditation teacher Mark Coleman of Spirit Rock and the highly regarded teacher of spiritual tantra philosophy, Sally Kempton.

Your Songstress Sound Guide


Laura is a yogi, a mama, and a nature loving song bird at heart! She is a recovering perfectionist on a healing journey of self-love and empowerment, with a passion for helping others on their own healing paths in her work as a Yoga Therapist. She has found personal solace, guidance, and inspiration from weaving her love of music with the movement and meditative-based yogic practices she has come to know and love. She is excited to guide this sister tribe to a place of self exploration, listening and expression through yoga classes and sound circles!

Your Healing Touch Angel


Lisa is a licensed massage therapist in private practice 15 years, a graduate of Hirudaya Holistic Life Center, with continued studies from both the Esalen and Upledger Institutes. She has held her practice in wellness settings with acupuncturists, and alongside Dr. Gary Foresman of Middle Path Medicine, an internal medicine physician with a holistic focus. Her emphasis is to bring a full sense of wellbeing into each session, and as a former counselor, educator and advocate for at risk populations, Lisa is very focused in her work with a great level of intuition, and can feel what one needs. She is also very connected with nature, and this setting is absolutely ideal for her to bring forth her caring touch. This is such a wonderful time to gift yourself amongst the trees, fresh air and all the beauty. As Lisa uses a blend of techniques from Esalen, Lomi Lomi and CranioSacral therapies, you may find that you release and welcome all at the same time.

Special offerings for this retreat only include 30 minutes for $45, with $20 increments for each additional half hour.

Cash or check gratefully accepted at time of service.

Feel free to call or email Lisa in advance to schedule!

Call or text (805)235-4588

Your Tea + Fire Goddess


Bethany finds peace among the trees, the stars and the trickling sounds of water. A true nature girl at heart, she believes it brings healing and power to be outside-especially with powerful women! As part of this retreat Bethany will share her love of medicinal herbs as the “Tea Goddess”, her love of warmth, community and nurturing as the “fire tender”. Her love of music will also be shared, because music and song follows her wherever she goes. 

Linda Abbot

Your photography and creative guide

Linda Abbot
Linda helps women feel seen. Her work is inclusive, joy filled and playful. In these mini sessions exclusive to Tawny's Big Sur Women's Retreats, you will have the opportunity to collaborate in a unique photo session with Linda in nature . In your Woman Alive session and as usual with Linda’s sessions, the intention is to create a safe, creative, fun container with you to be free in your body. What better place to explore this than at a Women’s Retreat in nature! 

You can bring (one) favorite item of clothing — a dress, a long scarf, a faux fur or (one) accessory: a necklace, a bow and arrow, flowers, makeup, or not… anything that conjures up your unique and personal idea of goddess. You can also choose during the session to play with being nude, which can be a powerful experience for many women. 

$150 (paid in advance)  includes a 30-minute photography session in the woods and one final edited image of your choice. Additional photos will be available to purchase.
Only 6 sessions available. Claim your spot now! These sell out every year. 

Your Humble Hostess



Mistress caretaker for this lovely land! A grounded loving gardener and wild artist, she’s a genuine Big Sur pioneer women! She’s been known to play us piano, cook our evening deliciously organic meals, make jewelry to sell and loves to get in the sweat lodge. If you have a logistical concern or question, she gets-r-done! Last Spring she welcomed Umi to the world, her new baby boy. Her partner G will also be on property to help us out when we are in need and will be helping us create the nights sweat lodge. They are a most lovely growing family and they warmly welcome us to their home and land to explore and be free.

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